Page 3915 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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building. Here we see a community organisation that are passionate about railway heritage and are being supported to depict some of that heritage in this, our centenary year.

There was also funding provided to a range of other organisations, with $14½ thousand being provided to the Ginninderra Catchment Group, for example, to help them to develop a series of interpretive walks and an audiovisual presentation featuring the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Ginninderra district.

We also saw $25,000 go to Cultural Heritage Management Australia to continue their archaeological investigations at the Lanyon Homestead precinct. Lanyon is a very significant cultural asset for the territory, one of the oldest sites still extant that depicts the interaction between European settlement and Indigenous settlement of that part of the ACT. These excavations will allow Cultural Heritage Management Australia to continue to look at evidence of contact between Aboriginal people and early Australian settlers.

Also, the Village of Hall and District Progress Association were granted over $6,000 to undertake conservation works to the Hall museum collection and to hold an exhibition next year.

I would like to congratulate all of the recipients, some of whom I have mentioned today, on their outstanding work in highlighting local heritage and the work they are undertaking to preserve their heritage and make it available to current and future generations.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, as well as providing grant funding, how does the government support heritage in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the supplementary. The most significant steps that we are undertaking here relate to an event which is currently occurring here in the ACT. The International Council on Monuments and Sites, known as ICOMOS, is holding an international conference here in Canberra this week. It is a conference on cultural landscapes and cultural routes. Australia ICOMOS chose Canberra as the location of its annual conference to highlight the centenary year of the national capital. The government has provided a small amount to help sponsor this event.

Our city’s cultural heritage and its landscape setting are internationally significant. The visions and designs of Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, Marion Mahoney, dating from the early 1900s, have a very significant historical legacy in landscape architecture terms. This cultural landscape is now recognised through many of the existing entries in the ACT heritage register, including registrations of Canberra’s early garden city precincts.

I am delighted that the ACT is hosting the ICOMOS conference this year. It is a privilege to have so many distinguished and internationally recognised experts here in

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